Domain name registration only. No need in hosting. Why monthly charges for hosting zones?

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I registered a domain name. I don't need any hosting because I have one already (with a different hosting provider). Why am I charged monthly for "hosting zone"? What "hosting zone" is? Moreover, since Mar 2024 a Tax has been added to those charges. What is the reason?

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Hosting Zone A "hosting zone" often refers to DNS (Domain Name System) hosting or DNS zone hosting. This is a service where the DNS records for your domain (such as A records, MX records, CNAME records, etc.) are managed. Even if you don't need web hosting from the registrar, you might still need DNS hosting to manage how your domain name is resolved on the internet. Here are some reasons why you might be charged for it:

DNS Hosting Services: The registrar might be providing DNS hosting, where they manage your DNS records. This is a critical service, as it translates your domain name into an IP address that points to your actual web server.

Premium DNS Services: Some registrars offer premium DNS services that include additional features like improved redundancy, faster DNS resolution times, advanced security features, and more.

Email Forwarding/Hosting: If you are using email services tied to your domain, that might also incur a charge, though this is usually separate from basic DNS hosting.

Monthly Charges

Domain registration itself is typically charged annually, but DNS hosting services can sometimes be billed monthly. This could be due to:

Service Plans: Some registrars offer different service plans, and monthly billing might be part of a specific plan you opted for. Flexibility: Monthly billing might provide more flexibility, allowing you to cancel or switch services without committing to a full year.

Bundled Services: The registrar might bundle DNS hosting with other services like email forwarding, SSL certificates, or additional security features.

**Added Tax Since March 2024

The added tax could be due to several reasons:**

Legislation Changes: There might have been a change in local tax laws or regulations requiring the collection of additional taxes on digital services.

Business Compliance: The registrar could be complying with new international or local tax laws that came into effect, requiring them to collect VAT, sales tax, or another type of tax on services provided.

Tax Jurisdiction Changes: If your billing address or the domain registrar's operations have moved jurisdictions, it might affect the tax applied to your services.

What to Do

**Review Your Service Plan: **Check the details of your service plan with the registrar to understand exactly what services you are being charged for monthly.

Contact Support: Reach out to your domain registrar's customer support for clarification on the charges and to discuss options if you believe you do not need certain services.

Tax Clarification: Inquire about the specific tax being applied and the reason for its introduction since March 2024.

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When you register a domain from R53, it automatically creates you a hosted zone so you have DNS servers for the domain. The whole registration process is explained in https://docs.aws.amazon.com/Route53/latest/DeveloperGuide/welcome-domain-registration.html

Sales tax question is very country specific, but you should be able to find help from https://aws.amazon.com/tax-help/ for both taxation and how to get exemption.

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  • The servers for DNS are the origin of fees for the hosting zones

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**Domain Registration: ** This is typically a yearly or multi-year fee charged by your domain registrar (the company where you registered the domain name).

Hosting Zone: This can be a separate charge, often billed monthly, by your domain registrar or another provider where you host the "map" (hosting zone) that directs traffic to your website.

Taxes:

Taxes on these services can vary depending on your location and the service provider's policies. Since March 2024, a tax might have been introduced in your region or your domain registrar might have changed their tax policy.

**Check Your Records: **Look at your billing statements or online account with the domain registrar to see separate charges for domain registration and hosting zone (if applicable).

**Contact Support: **If you're unsure, contact your domain registrar's customer support and clarify what you're being charged for. They can explain the specific charges and any applicable taxes.

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